Earlier this week CBS broadcast "AFI's 100 Years 100 Songs," a countdown of the 100 greastest songs from movies. If you missed it you can see the complete list at Moviefone.com (The list of songs opens in a pop-up) I missed the first half hour of the show, watched the second half hour and taped the rest, which I finally watched last night.
I can't complain much about the list. I liked most of the songs. There were probably fewer than ten that I thought shouldn't have been on the list or at least should have been much lower down the list and, of course, there were a few songs that were not on the list that I thought should have been. I was quite disappointed that They Call the Wind Mariah from Paint Your Wagon was not on it. But these are only minor quibbles. There were a lot of great songs on the list, several I hadn't thought about in years and I thouroughly enjoyed watching the countdown.
About halfway through I made a prediction that Singing in the Rain would be the number one song, then I waffled a bit and said that Over the Rainbow might be number one but decided to stick with Singing in the Rain. I was almost right. Singing in the Rain was number 3; Over the Rainbow was number one.
A few rather disconnected comments: 1. I absolutely adore Julie Andrews. 2. I like Judy Garland quite a lot. While I was growing up my mother always had a lot of negative things to say about her every time she came on TV so I was a bit inhibited in my enjoyment but I realized last night that I really like Judy Garland. 3. Everything I just said about Judy Garland also goes for Liza Minelli. 4. I still like Barbra Streisand's singing even if she is an annoying twit. 5. I almost felt sorry for Celine Dion. She should never be put in a position where she can be compared with talented singers. 6. Number 2 Son is pissed because Eye of the Tiger was not on the list.
Bookstores No Place for the Literate
The Hatemonger's Quarterly has a highly entertaining post on being literate in an aliterate society. I would say I feel his pain but whenever I go to B&N I normally head directly to the sci-fi section, occasionally making a side trip through the coffee table books. He asks, (they ask?) "Are we, the crack young staff of "The Hatemonger's Quarterly" the only people in the United States who don't own copies of The Da Vinci Code?" Well, uh... I don't own a copy yet but... well... uh... it's sort of... hehe... on my list. I do read books that "The Crack Young Staff of The Hatemonger's Quarterly" might approve of but, sadly, I do not own a large, beautiful library filled from floor to twelve-foot ceiling with precious leather-bound volumes. I have to be satisfied with a virtual library. (Pardon the mess. It needs work.)